A memorial service is currently underway to celebrate the lives and share in the loss of nine workers who died underground at Harmony Gold’s Doornkop mine last week.

Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu, the Director-General Dr Thibedi Ramontja and the Chief Inspector of Mines Mr David Msiza are all in attendance to provide their condolences.

Last Tuesday a fire started on Doornkop’s 192 Level about 1 700 meters underground after a seismic event triggered a fall of ground.

Two days later the miners’ bodies were taken to the surface. A probe is currently being conducted at the mine to provide further investigation into the incident and as such, operations remain at a halt.

The accident once again gives rise as to the safety of underground workers at deep level gold mines although 1 700 meters is shallow in context with South Africa’s neighbouring gold mines, most stretching well below 3 000 meters.